1st Edition

Literature and Historiography in the Spanish Golden Age The Poetics of History

By Sofie Kluge Copyright 2022
    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    Golden Age departures in historiography and theory of history in some ways prepared the ground for modern historical methods and ideas about historical factuality. At the same time, they fed into the period’s own "aesthetic-historical culture" which amalgamated fact and fiction in ways modern historians would consider counterfactual: a culture where imaginative historical prose, poetry and drama self-consciously rivalled the accounts of royal chroniclers and the dispatches of diplomatic envoys; a culture dominated by a notion of truth in which skilful construction of the argument and exemplarity took precedence over factual accuracy. Literature and Historiography in the Spanish Golden Age: The Poetics of History investigates this grey area backdrop of modern ideas about history, delving into a variety of Golden Age aesthetic-historical works which cannot be satisfactorily described as either works of literature or works of historiography but which belong in between these later strictly separate categories.


    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.




    1 Theory of History

    Calling for Plot

    Platonic History

    Ut pictura historia


    True Falseness


    2 Historical Prose

    A General History

    The Historian’s Toolbox

    Alternative Histories

    The True History



    3 Theory of Poetry

    Weaving a Story

    Benefits of History

    Writing Christian Deeds


    4 Historical Poetry

    A Historical Master

    Popular Historiography?

    Poetry as Counterhistory

    The Voice of History

    Destabilising Dream




    5 Theory of Drama

    Cathartic History

    Tragicomedy Takes the Stage

    Theatrum Historiae


    6 Historical Drama

    Dramaturge of History


    History as Divine Pageant

    The Historian’s Hand





    Sofie Kluge holds a PhD (2007) in Comparative Literature and a Dr. Habil. (2014) both from the University of Copenhagen. She is currently an associate professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern Denmark. She ia also an editor of Orbis Litterarum: International Review of Literary Studies. She is a member of the Academia Europaea. She is the author of four monographs and more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on a variety of literary historical and theoretical topics.